UPDATE: State budget impasse over

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SPRINGFIELD — In a stunning legislative turnaround that surfaced less than a week ago, the Illinois House today ended a more than 2-year-long stalemate and overrode Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a $5 billion tax increase.

Outside Christensen Hearing

People line up to enter the courthouse before the first appearance of Brendt Christensen on the kidnapping of Yingying Zhang and US Attorney's Office Spokeswoman Sharon Paul speaks to the media at the Federal Courthouse in Urbana on Monday, July 3, 2017.

The search for Yingying Zhang: Brendt Christensen's first court appearance

The first appearance of Brendt Christensen on the kidnapping of Yingying Zhang at the Federal Courthouse in Urbana on Monday, July 3, 2017. 

Parkland group off to Ondessonk

This eclipse experience includes a summer camp.

Parkland College's Staerkel Planetarium, the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society and the Twin City Amateur Astronomers from Bloomington-Normal are joining forces to offer total eclipse programs at a place called Camp Ondessonk.

UI eclipse group headed to Goreville

The University of Illinois has its own eclipse tour on Aug. 21.

"Prepare to be amazed by a uniquely odd darkness," says Professor Leslie Looney, director of the UI's Laboratory for Astronomical Imaging.

Thousands will be gathering in Goreville, 30 minutes away from Carbondale, with UI astronomers ready to answer questions.

Impending eclipse a bright spot for Carbondale

CARBONDALE — An incredibly rare total eclipse will black out the skies over Campus Lake later this summer, while up to an estimated 50,000 visitors watch, many in Saluki Stadium.

And Southern Illinois University students will get the day off, delaying the beginning of the school year.

2017 HOT ROD Power Tour

Vehicles were on display during the 23rd annual HOT ROD Power Tour during a stop at State Farm Center in Champaign on Tuesday June 13, 2017, the stop was part of a seven-city tour expected to bring together more than 6,000 vehicles.

Congressional seat: Ammons still gauging support

CHAMPAIGN — The world will know by June 15 whether state Rep. Carol Ammons is going to challenge U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) for his congressional seat.

"We're not going to leave people hanging for a long time," the Urbana Democrat said Sunday. "We will make a determination based on the energy and excitement that comes from our district."

Why not decide now?

Ammons says she won't vote for state budget

SPRINGFIELD — Champaign-Urbana’s representative in the Illinois House said this morning she will not support a state budget and tax plan that is expected to come up for a floor vote later today.

The package is too big an income tax increase and too large a cut in higher education funding, said state Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana.

Davis main target of barbs at Democrat luncheon

CHAMPAIGN — President Donald Trump and Gov. Bruce Rauner were hit by speakers at Sunday's Champaign County Democrat spring luncheon, but no one was targeted more than three-term U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis.

The Taylorville Republican was criticized not only by four avowed or potential Democratic congressional candidates, but also by a gubernatorial contender and a state senator.